DAILY STAR
16th MAY 1980


JOHN'S LONG HAUL TO TOP
by JOHN MOYNIHAN

THE road to stock car racing success is an exceptionally long one for John Cayzer (495).
The nearest formula one venue to his farm at Saffron Walden, Essex, is at Northampton - a round trip of more than 115 miles.
He can just about spare the time from his work to race at the big Midlands venues at Coventry, Leicester and Long Eaton.
John, 29, is one of several drivers handicapped by the lack of venues in the South.

 

Remarkable

 

   But he is enjoying his most successful period on the formula one circuit, and is now only a few points short of making it to the top flight red grade.    That success is all the more remarkable when you consider that he is one of the few one-man-bands in the sport.
He built his own Buick - powered car, maintains it himself - and doesn't even have a mechanic.

WEEKEND FIXTURES: Tomorrow - Leicester (7.15, F1), Blackburn (7.30, F1, F2); Sunday - Hartlepool (F1, F2); Monday - Sheffield (7.30, F1 GP).

EXTRACT FROM A PROGRAMME
1980 (EXACT DATE UNKNOWN)


Guest driver:-
JOHN CAYZER 495

john-cayzerJohn has travelled about one hundred miles, from his home in Saffron Walden, to be with us today. John will be racing in the sixth heat. Although in lane one sport, as he raced Simon Setchell's car in the Nationals at Rugby last year. Rolling the car in most of his races John appeared to be in trouble but managed to stay on this wheels long enough to complete the BrisSCA drivers race.

495-john-cayzerJohn's stock car is painted bright yellow and has a red roof, the car was built by John, and is powered by a 500 c.i. Cadillac engine. Today John will be using a replica of his car, but with a some what smaller engine.

An extract from the Leicester semi final programme:

   John Cayzer (495), who had a brief career with Brisca in the late sixties, has made his comeback to the big time this year and following a steady start as he found his 'feet' has, particularly since the appearance of a new car, progressed to become a leading Blue and showing every promise of continuing his climb even further.

EXTRACT FROM A PROGRAMME
1980 (EXACT DATE UNKNOWN)


STOCK CARS
Bert blasts back to master pack

BERT FINNIKIN roared back to top form to dominate the sixth round of the Daily Mirror stock car grand prix at Coventry.

Finnikin of Leek, Staffs, finished first and fourth in his heats to move within four points of a place in the top ten. Then he swept to victory in the Mirror Master Final.

Top points scorer was John Cayzer of Saffron Walden, who celebrated his first meeting as a star grade driver by winning his first race and coming home third in his second.

But on a night when all the title chasing favourites dropped points, Rochdale's Stu Smith still emerged with a big lead - 38 pints ahead of second place Willie Harrison.